Some Lehigh Valley school districts are preparing to go online next week

Written by on March 25, 2020

Some Lehigh Valley school districts are preparing to go online next week

By Tyler Pratt

March 25, 2020

Some Lehigh Valley school districts are preparing to go online next week. 

Schools across Pennsylvania are getting ready for more long-term closures. On Monday,  Governor Tom Wolf announced schools will remain closed through at least April 6th – and possibly even longer. WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports some school districts will be ramping up online learning next week. 

“We’ve only been closed seven days. It feels like months,” said Bethlehem Superintendent Joseph Roy.

Bethlehem and Easton Area School Districts will be rolling out online learning for students  Monday. Roy said the district is calling for *asynchronous instruction, which means: not live. 

“It’s going to be new, it’s going to not be perfect but we’re going to attempt to convert this large district to online instruction for at least a period of time until we can reopen,” said Roy.

Roy says in Bethlehem area students grade six through twelve already have chromebooks and teachers have resources online. He says elementary students have apps they can use to learn. And their parents will be able to borrow laptops if they need them. There will also be hard packets available for families to pick up at the meal distribution sites for those who don’t have internet. The district is also rolling out a program for free internet access for families in need.

Superintendent Roy appeared Tuesday on Community Conversation on Coronavirus.

In an attempt to help facilitate distance learning, Lehigh Valley Public Media will launch Lehigh Valley Learns Monday. It’s daily curriculum programming for grades K through 5 will be broadcast across the station’s channels. Find more information and a schedule on the web at PBS39.org/DistanceLearning


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